Entries for the SAICA 2017 Accounting Olympiad are open. High schools have until 28 April 2017 to register their top grade 11 and 12 accounting learners for this year’s prestigious competition.
The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants’ (SAICA) annual Accounting Olympiad is back. Open to Accounting and Math (not Maths Literacy) learners in Grades 11 and 12, participating learners stand the chance to win incredible prizes and be named the top accounting learner in the country.
But SAICA’s Accounting Olympiad is about more than just winning great prizes.
The event promotes a healthy competitive environment amongst grade 11 and 12 learners, and serves as a good practice session for learners to test their knowledge and skills of accounting ahead of the Matric exams. It also gives participants a distinct advantage as it gives them a chance to improve their accounting skills, marks and potential preparedness for the challenges for doing accounting at tertiary level presents.
Why should your school take part?
Gugu Makhanya, Senior Executive for Transformation, Growth and Professional Development at SAICA, explains: ‘Year after year we see that Olympiad participants have an advantage over their peers going into their final matric exams. Take Cayley Tarr from Westerford High School in Rondebosch who was the joint second runner up in last year’s SAICA Accounting Olympiad. Not only did she achieve eight distinctions at the end of her matric year but she’s currently studying a Bachelor of Accounting at Stellenbosch University and aims to qualify as a Chartered Accountant [CA(SA)].’
How can your school get involved?
Participating schools are selected by provincial departments of education, in conjunction with SAICA. From there, educators select the ten to fifteen learners they have identified as their school’s top accounting talent. It is a careful selection process, with only 500 learners per province taking part.
The Olympiad will be written on Wednesday, 2 August 2017 and the closing date for entries is Friday, 28 April 2017. Schools must submit a minimum of 10 entries and a maximum of 15 entries per school.
For more information and to enter, speak to your school’s accounting teacher.